The Margaret River Pro surf event featuring the world's top surfing talent has been suspended in Western Australia on Monday, after a man was attacked by a shark on Cobbelstones break in Gracetown. "We have mitigation protocols in place and will be enhancing those when competition resumes".
In a statement posted to its Facebook page following the incident, the WSL said it had chose to suspend the competition for an hour after "discussions with local authorities".
The second attack, which happened about 3pm, occurred just kilometres away from an earlier incident this morning. The safety of our surfers & staff is a top priority.
Jovic said everyone was "walking around like stunned mullets" after the attack.
Paige Hareb was one of the first surfers back in the water after an hour delay due to a nearby shark attack.
"We're sending our thoughts and prayers to him and his family during this hard time and we're working together to do everything we can to support him and his family", Mr Majeks said.
Friends used the rope from the victim's board as a tourniquet and gave him first aid until emergency crews arrived from Margaret River within six minutes, AAP reported.
Bertoldo said the man was treated on the beach by paramedics before he was flown by helicopter 160 miles to a hospital in Perth.
#BREAKING #SHARKATTACK The patient from the Gracetown incident is a male aged in his 30s. Under an agreement with the federal government, WA fisheries officers are authorised to kill sharks that are identified as causing an "serious threat" to human life, such as those involved in an attack.
The beach was among several closed after a whale carcass and sharks ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 metres were spotted in the area.
"If anyone is familiar with the Mick Fanning moment at Jeffreys Bay a couple of years ago, it was very similar to that, where a shark pretty much popped up and ended up knocking a surfer off his board", he told ABC radio.
All three were surfers.